Faculty - Katharine Tellis, PhD MSW


PhD – Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha

MSW – Social Welfare, University of California Los Angeles

BA – Gender Studies, University of California Los Angeles

Dr. Tellis holds a doctorate in Criminal Justice and a Master of Social Welfare with a concentration in Mental Health. Her dissertation research focused on contextualizing intimate partner rape given its overlap with both domestic violence and sexual assault – two similar yet distinct issues around which mutually exclusive advocacy and legal responses have developed. Dr. Tellis co-authored a National Institute of Justice-funded study of sexual assault case processing in Los Angeles in partnership with the LAPD, LASD, and LA County District Attorney’s office. The study’s findings related to the misuse of the exceptional clearance and prearrest screening of cases that contribute to attrition led to a $1 million replication study funded by the National Institute of Justice to ascertain the prevalence of these dynamics in other US jurisdictions. Since 2016 Dr. Tellis has served as the Director of the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics.

Like many of our students, I was born and raised in LA, I’m a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and I began my university experience at a community college. As a professor, I believe information literacy and emotional intelligence are the most important tools for personal and professional success in the 21st century, so my work with students focuses on refining oral and written communication skills, and increasing capacity for empathy and self awareness.  

Connect with me via Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katharine-tellis-phd-msw-59848794/

Photo of Dr. K. Tellis

Contact Information:

Office: Room 253, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Email: [email protected]

Research Interests:

Intersectionality, Violence Prevention, Criminal Justice Policy and Practice

Courses Taught:

Women and Crime, Advanced Theory and Practice, Writing for Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Ethics